Lou Lamoriello has named Ray Shero as the fourth general manager in Devils history, effective immediately.
“Ray is well-respected throughout the hockey industry and knows what it takes to win,” Lamoriello said. “His 22 seasons of NHL front-office experience will be beneficial to the New Jersey Devils organization. I look forward to working alongside Ray.”
Lamoriello will stay on as team president.
“He will have the powers that come with the position,” Lamoriello said of Shero.
Lamoriello said it was his decision to hire Shero, which was supported 100 percent by the team’s ownership.
Shero said that he knows the team needs to hire a new head coach, and Lamoriello said that decision will be up to Shero.
Shero was the GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-2014. He also served as assistant GM of Nashville from 1998-2006 and Ottawa from 1993-1998. He was the associate GM of the 2014 Team USA hockey team.
He is the son of former Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers coach Fred Shero.
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Devils conference call at 4 p.m.
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello will hold a 4 p.m. conference call with the media.
No reason for the call has been announced.
Former Devils forward and enforcer Mike Peluso, a member of the 1995 Stanley Cup champions, is blaming the team and general manager Lou Lamoriello for not intervening to protect his health during his fight- and concussion-filled career.
Peluso, 49, wrote a first-person account of the health issues he’s had since retiring last week in the Toronto Globe and Mail.
He told reporter Rich Chere that “I’ve come to the realization that I’m going to die young.” (May 1).
Peluso told Chere said he suffers from brain damage, seizures and depression which have affected personal relationships.
“I just don’t understand why someone didn’t pull me aside and tell me: ‘This is where you’ll be if you do this (enforcer) role. You’re welcome to do it, but these are the consequences.’ I would have never done it,” said Peluso, who said the seizures first began while he was still with the Devils.
Peluso said he hasn’t spoken with Lamoriello. The GM told Chere that he could not comment because of pending legal action.
Hockey Hall of Famer and longtime Devils scout Marcel Pronovost passed away, the team announced.
A five-time Stanley Cup Champion as a player, and 11-time All-Star served the Devils as an Ontario-based scout since 1990, passed away Sunday afternoon at the age of 84 in his hometown of Windsor, Ontario.
“The entire hockey world is saddened by the loss of Marcel Pronovost,” Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “Marcel was a caring individual who dedicated his life to his family and to the game of hockey. He was a long-time member of our Devils’ family, a lifetime friend to the hockey community, and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Pronovost family.”
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Adam Henrique had minor surgery on his left wrist shortly after the regular season ended, the Devils announced (April 20).
According to the team, Henrique is wearing a cast and is scheduled to begin rehab in four to six weeks.
In 75 games played for the Devils this season, the 25-year-old Henrique scored 16 goals to go along with 27 assists.
The Devils signed backup goalie Keith Kinkaid to a two-year, $1.45 million contract extension (Fire and Ice, April 13).
Kinkaid will earn $700,000 in 2015-16 and $750,000 in 2016-17 in the one-way contract.
The rookie was set to become a Group 6 unrestricted agent, but the 26-year-old proved himself to be a solid backup between the pipes for Cory Schneider.
“Any time you get a young player to come in and do what he did, it’s going to be what he does next year,” GM Lou Lamoriello said. “But he’s proven that he can play at this level, play in a back-up role, play no matter how many games he had to sit out. He’s under contract now for two more years and he knows he has to grow a little and accepts that and he’s a tremendous complement, in my opinion, to Cory.”
The Devils decided not to give out team awards this year, for “no reason” according to interim coach Lou Lamoriello, but maybe it had something to do with their lackluster season (Fire and Ice, April 12).
“When you don’t make the playoffs it’s not really rewarding to get an award of any kind,” goaltender Cory Schneider said. “It’s fun for the fans, I think. They enjoy it.”
While the team might not be doing awards, northjersey.com’s Tom Gulitti polled the players to see who they think earned top honors this season.
According to Gulitti’s poll, Schneider was nearly unanimously voted the MVP, though, Schneider was quick to credit his teammates.
“Any individual only has success because of his teammates,” Schneider said. “Not that we’ve had success as a team, so it’s hard to find individual success out of that, but my job is made easier by my teammates. Regardless of how the results have been, I think every night we show up and we put in effort and we work hard and we all take pride in playing defense well, which, for me as a goalie, is very important to me. So, if guys think that (he’s the team MVP) that’s great, but any successes I’ve had are pretty much because of them.”
The squad also voted Steve Bernier as the Unsung Hero and Scott Gomez as the Players’ Player.